Szarka

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Announcement   Szarka creates each piece with natural gemstones that she procures herself as a gems dealer and sells as Magpie Gemstones. An accomplished artist and years dedicated to the trade blend to make pieces that are heirloom, original, and speak to your soul.

"There is jewelry, and then there is art. There is flashy bits and then there is substance. My jewelry is substance, it is wearable, it endures. How it feels, how it flows, and what it is made from all work together synergistically to make pieces that will be beautiful, forever. I know the stones, I know when they are real, I know how they work and where they can be worn, I know how they like to be held in the wire, I understand them. This is art, this is life, this is essence. People who can see it will and people who can not will never be able to. You know if you are one of them. You can see beyond shine and color to depths and life times and inherent beauty. That is because you are beauty. I see you and I see your beauty." ~Szarka~

Announcement

Szarka creates each piece with natural gemstones that she procures herself as a gems dealer and sells as Magpie Gemstones. An accomplished artist and years dedicated to the trade blend to make pieces that are heirloom, original, and speak to your soul.

"There is jewelry, and then there is art. There is flashy bits and then there is substance. My jewelry is substance, it is wearable, it endures. How it feels, how it flows, and what it is made from all work together synergistically to make pieces that will be beautiful, forever. I know the stones, I know when they are real, I know how they work and where they can be worn, I know how they like to be held in the wire, I understand them. This is art, this is life, this is essence. People who can see it will and people who can not will never be able to. You know if you are one of them. You can see beyond shine and color to depths and life times and inherent beauty. That is because you are beauty. I see you and I see your beauty." ~Szarka~

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Anonymous on Apr 25, 2009

5 out of 5 stars

lovely transactions ... I'll be back for more goodies. Thanks.

Anonymous on Oct 16, 2008

5 out of 5 stars

Thanks Girl for the speedy delivery and quality product

Anonymous on Oct 16, 2008

5 out of 5 stars

Always a quality product with fast delivery

Anonymous on Oct 16, 2008

5 out of 5 stars

Fast service and quality product

Anonymous on Sep 26, 2008

5 out of 5 stars

Pretty moonstone beads.

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About

Who am I?

I have been twisting wire and fondling gems for almost two decades. I was born in Calgary and grew up in Southern Alberta. I spent summers in the Rocky Mountains with my family and fell in love. It is one of the most inspiring, intense, and beautiful places in the world.

My name is Szarka but I am also known as Dianne Carter and Dianne Molnar, my maiden name.

Who am I, good question. Is who I am what I've done, where I have been, what I wear, what I think, how I act?

I was born in Alberta, went to school ........ a lot. Wanted to save the world and tried hard for 13 years. I soon realized I needed to save myself or there would be nothing left for the world.

I burnt out mediating between families, teens, Social Services, the Court System, Mental Health and society at large and gave away everything to move into a flaming pink school bus all tricked out with solar panels and a hand built interior with a wonderful man I met on the Internet.

We traveled the Western States while I crocheted cotton halter tops for middle aged drunk women at music festivals. I made jewelry, custom made hats, clothing, and worked the gem trade. We traveled Barter Fairs, Flea Markets, Art Shows, Festivals, Powwow's, Pig Roasts. We did every venue I can think of.

I worked with Galleries and coffee shops, high end restaurants, and little old men in motor homes who then resold my pieces to galleries.

It was a lot of work but it was a blast.

I traded wire wrap for truck batteries, essential oils for amber, beads for brain tanned deer hides. I met so many humans and all preconceived notions of any kind were turned upside down.

I stayed in Palm Springs to spots on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. I stayed in Vegas to Niland California at the slabs.

Now I sell on the Internet as Magpie Gemstones and on eBay as Turquoise Magpie. Once the bus life was over what to do was open and along came eBay. Friends I had in the trade wanted me to buy for them so I started supplying beads stores.

I had many contacts in the gem trade and they wanted me to sell for them, or get involved in this partnership or that. I decided against it all and wanted to sell beads, make some jewelry, and home school my daughter.

I am grateful this is what I am able to do. I know that working for myself is more like a 16 hour day than a regular 9 to 5 but being able to be home makes it all worth while.

Wire is the ultimate way to discover humility. If I approach it with a feeling of smugness or surety it teaches me quickly that it is in charge. If I cajole, beg and hope it will do what I want it to most times now it will listen. Not always though.

It is kind of like life.

ABOUT SZARKA

If you sense something mysterious, powerful, or enchanting in Szarka’s jewelry, if you feel something from her designs, you are not the first person to experience this phenomena.

Szarka's work reflects her walk in life. She is well versed in herbal medicine and is in touch with the Earth's powerful gifts. She spent her summers and falls in hunting camps in the wilderness of the Canadian Rockies and was fascinated with rocks and nature. Her childhood was full of time spent soaking in the beauty of the Earth. Her grandmother who was an avid gardener and animal rescuer and whom she was very close too, taught her to study nature and to read what it tries to tell us.

She started out going to College in Calgary, Alberta in the field of Geology. She changed that to Child and Family Counseling after finding a degree in geology would only land her a job in the oil fields of Canada. Another degree from U of Vic, a Masters in Hypnotherapy, a private practice, and finally a degree in First Nations Studies. All lead her to go deeper into herself and the experiences of humanity and the world.

Szarka began making her own beads in the mid eighties out of clay, femo, paper; whatever she could make a bead from. A Mayan gentleman on Vancouver Island showed her a few simple wire wrap techniques with stove wire. Soon after, Szarka began showing up at the local Saturday market with a table full of crystals and wrapping crystals her customers picked out. A year or so later, she had pieces of her work in galleries and shops. As the saying goes, the rest is history, or in this case, herstory.

Szarka's work definitely mirrors her beauty, creativity, feminine power, as well as her love and respect for the treasures the earth has to offer. Her work speaks to the spirit within all of us, be that in a whisper or the loud chatter of the Magpie.

~Written by Kyote, Szarka's best friend, husband, and confidant~

To contact Szarka please email ssszarka [!at] gmail.com or call 512 392 3091.

Szarka's is a subsidiary of Turquoise Magpie and is a proud member of the Jewelry Ethics Association.

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Last updated on December 1, 2012
Szarka creates each peice with natural gemstones that she procures herself as a gems dealer. An accomplished artist and years dedicated to the trade blend to make peices that are heirloom, original, and speak to your soul.

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Pay securely through Paypal, your credit card, or a money order. Paypal is an industry leader in secure on line payments, and add an extra layer of protection for you. All credit cards are processed through a secure merchant account. Your credit card information is not stored or saved on this site.
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Do you ship internationally? If so, how much is it?

Yes, to Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and most European Union countries.

Priority shipping to the USA is $3.99
First class shipping to Canada is $5.99

All duties, taxes, custom fees, etc., are the responsibility of the purchaser as well as the country's import regulations.

We are NOT responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items in transit. If you want to purchase insurance please contact me at turquoisemagpie [!at] hotmail.com or 512-392-3091 and we will let you know how much insurance will be to your destination.
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Do you accept returns?

Yes, returns are accepted within 14 days of the ship date for a full refund less shipping when items are returned in their original condition. Please include a copy of the invoice or the invoice number.
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Do you have a disclaimer?

Yes, there is a disclaimer. While every effort is made to have accurate treatment and size information, this information is not guaranteed to be accurate 100% of the time and is for information purposes only.

Sometimes we make mistakes in inventory and if we are out of stock on an item you will be refunded the full purchase price.